affection

noun af·fec·tion \ ə-ˈfek-shən \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of affection

1 : a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something : tender attachment : fondness
  • She had a deep affection for her parents.
2 : a moderate feeling or emotion
3 a (1) : a bodily condition
(2) : disease, malady
  • a pulmonary affection
b : attribute
  • shape and weight are affections of bodies
4 obsolete : partiality, prejudice
5 : the feeling aspect (as in pleasure) of consciousness
b archaic : affectation 1
7 : the action of affecting : the state of being affected

affectionless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of affection in a Sentence

  1. She has deep affection for her parents.

  2. He shows great affection for his grandchildren.

  3. feelings of love and affection

  4. He now looks back on those years with great affection.

  5. She developed a deep affection for that country and its people.

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Origin and Etymology of affection

Middle English affeccioun "capacity for feeling, emotion, desire, love," borrowed from Anglo-French, "desire, love, inclination, partiality," borrowed from Latin affectiōn-, affectiō "frame of mind, feeling, feeling of attachment," from affec- (variant stem of afficere "to produce an effect on, exert an influence on") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at 3affect

Synonym Discussion of affection

feeling, emotion, affection, sentiment, passion mean a subjective response to a person, thing, or situation. feeling denotes any partly mental, partly physical response marked by pleasure, pain, attraction, or repulsion; it may suggest the mere existence of a response but imply nothing about the nature or intensity of it.
    • the feelings that once moved me are gone
emotion carries a strong implication of excitement or agitation but, like feeling, encompasses both positive and negative responses.
    • the drama portrays the emotions of adolescence
affection applies to feelings that are also inclinations or likings.
    • a memoir of childhood filled with affection for her family
sentiment often implies an emotion inspired by an idea.
    • her feminist sentiments are well known
passion suggests a very powerful or controlling emotion.
    • revenge became his ruling passion


AFFECTION Defined for Kids

affection

noun af·fec·tion \ ə-ˈfek-shən \

Definition of affection for Students

: a feeling of liking and caring for someone or something
  • He shows great affection for his grandchildren.

Medical Dictionary

1

affection

noun af·fec·tion \ ə-ˈfek-shən \

medical Definition of affection

1 : a moderate feeling or emotion
2 : the feeling aspect (as in pleasure or displeasure) of consciousness

2

affection

noun

medical Definition of affection

1 : the action of affecting : the state of being affected
2 a : a bodily condition
b : disease, malady
  • a pulmonary affection


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